Officer Assaulted During Arrest

A police officer is okay after being assaulted during an arrest early this morning.

Morehead City police say Sgt. Neal Nelson found a pickup truck that was possibly involved in a convenience store break-in.

While trying to handcuff the driver, police say the suspect tried to grab the officer's handgun. He was unsuccessful, but police say he did manage to get the officer's collapsible baton, extend it and attempt to strike the officer. Sgt. Nelson ended up striking the man and eventually used pepper spray to subdue him.

Dean Newman of Wilmington is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, resist obstruct and delay, and damage to personal property. His bond is set at $50,000.

Three other people in the truck have been charged in connection with the break-in at the Jim Dandy on Friendship Road. Donnie Hinson, Tiffany Morman & Rhonda White have been charged with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, and damage to personal property.


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  • by care Location: anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 at 09:53 PM
    i wish all of you the best.i hope you learn from this. rhonda i hope you think about all the people that loved you and you just used them.no one wanted this life for you this is the life you chose.until you except that what you are doing with your life is wrong then you will never know life.
  • by CECE on Mar 13, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    Great job Sgt. Nelson. Glad to hear you are okay!
  • by heart on Mar 12, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    i realy hate this boy did not have a mother to teach him right from wrong.you live your life the way you learn life.he looks so sad.mom lee what are you thinking doing this with your son.is this a family trade.if so get your self a new one.
  • by about time on Mar 12, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    now i am confused. they put newman's picture out there to be seen girlfriends, and mom lee's boyfriend hinson why not mom lee's picture? all i can say is the other's better look out for mom. there is a reson why mon lee's face was not put on the news.
  • by about time on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    to clear things up for confused***you don't know these bandit's.they will break in your house if they knew where you lived.that cop could have got killed at the hands of these thieves.
  • by about time Location: wilm on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    mom lee has son micheal do what ever to make drug money.mom just got micheal dean out of jail in wilmington for breaking in homes. mom lee needed more drug money*******
  • by Family 2 perps. Location: wilm. on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:54 PM
    2-bad perps Mom, Rhonda, Aliass, lee, Poythress, mills,parks will be out of jail as soon as she narcs another fellow crack-junckie-dealer-FRIEND OUT....our judicial system11111
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    I agree with you Jersey. There over 800 comments on the Dress Code issue. They act like that young girl murdered someone. All through their post it like rules are rules. My God to actually think wearing certain clothes can make you a bad person. People can wear suits and still hurt someone.
  • by Concerned Location: MHC on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    To the Brass at MHCPD: Let your officers have tazers. Let punks like this ride the lightning.
  • by the Truth Location: reality on Mar 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    Why is it that race and ignorance are so often missused when talking about prejudice or hating this, that, or them. Let's get past this color issue. Try to follow me just minute. There are ignorant people of every color and most every age, Although the ignorance seems to fall away as the person gets older.(in most,not all cases). Take for example the suspect in question, 21 y.o. male white and ignorant enough to think he can do as he pleases, with no consequences for his actions that directly affected others. You see it's not as much about race as it is ignorance. Now I won't guess what color his accomplices were, but you can surely bet that they were ignorant too. Maybe not as much as ring leader, for they knew not to assault the arresting officer. I want to repeat this once more. Race has nothing on ignorance. Thanks for listening! I hope I have enlightened someone.
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